January 2009


Greetings Educators!

Even when not being pressured by others, profoundly gifted children tend to easily fall into the trap of holding themselves to exceptionally high standards.  Perfectionism is a combination of the desire to be perfect, the fear of not being perfect, and the sense that personal acceptance hinges on being perfect. 


Perfectionism presents itself differently in each student.  Behaviors may include excessive sensitivities, compulsive attention to detail, and procrastination.  Students who deal with perfectionism may think things like “I’m never good enough” or “If I make a mistake, there’s something wrong with me” and as a result may feel anger, anxiety or a sense of being overwhelmed.  If this reminds you of a student you work with, the following articles and resources may be helpful. 


Resources for educators:

Helping Gifted Students Cope with Perfectionism

Perfectionism and the Highly Gifted Child

The Road to Success is Paved with Failure

In praise of perfectionism


Resources to share with parents:

Freeing Our Families from Perfectionism

Tips for Parents: Perfectionism Resources


Resources to share with students:

What to Do When Good Enough Isn't Good Enough: The Real Deal on Perfectionism

Perfectionism: What's Bad about Being too Good?


Remember, if you are looking for assistance, ideas or resources, please feel free to contact us at edguild@davidsongifted.org.   


Davidson Institute Updates



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2009 THINK Summer Institute Applications Available

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2009 Davidson Fellows Scholarship Applications Available

Applications due March 4, 2009

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 “No one is perfect... that's why pencils have erasers.  ~ Author Unknown”


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